Yale Builds 25-point Halftime Lead, Force 28 Turnovers
NEW YORK - A fast start carried the Yale women's basketball team to a 76-51 win over Columbia at Levien Gym on Friday night. The Bulldogs forced a season-high 28 turnovers and took a 25-point lead into halftime to improve to 3-0 in Ivy League play for the first time since 2010-11.
Yale (9-8, 3-0 Ivy League) raced out to an early lead by holding the Lions to just three field goals in the first half, and just one over the final 15:01 of the period. The Bulldogs' defense frsutrated Columbia in the opening period, forcing 20 turnovers.
The Bulldogs led 9-6 five minutes into the game, before they rattled off eight straight points, highlighted by three-pointers from Hayden Latham and Lena Munzer. Columbia was held without a field goal for a span of nearly 10 minutes, during which Yale's lead grew to double-digits and five straight points by Meredith Boardman pushed the lead to 30-10.
Another Munzer three-pointer just before the half made it 35-10 at the break.
Columbia (4-13, 1-2) opened the second half with three-pointers on consecutive possessions by Miwa Tachibana and Sara Mead, but Yale came back with a three-pointer by Munzer and back-to-back buckets from Boardman and Nyasha Sarju to push its lead to 63-30.
The Bulldogs led by as much as 70-38 with 4:37 to play after a pair of Sarju foul shots. The Lions held Yale to just one field goal over the final 6:36, but were unable to get closer than 72-51. Whitney Wyckoff hit two foul shots and Boardman converted a short jumper to close out the scoring.
The win marked the 100th victory at Yale for Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. Gobrecht is just the second head coach in program-history to reach 100 wins.
Boardman and Munzer led Yale with 13 points apiece. Boardman added six rebounds, while Munzer added four steals and dished out five assists without a turnover. Emmy Allen grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Yale scored 21 points off of Columbia turnovers and held a 32-22 advantage in scoring in the paint. The Bulldogs also received 33 points from its bench and recorded 21 assists on 28 field goals.
Tori Oliver was the only Columbia player in double-figures with 14 points, while also grabbing nine rebounds.
Yale wraps up its weekend with a game at Cornell at 6 p.m. on Saturday night.
Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity